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Impey wins Tour Down Under; Giro d’Italia picks wildcards: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

January 22, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Impey wins Santos Tour Down Under, Greipel claims final stage; Van der Poel, Compton win Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay; Citing fever, Nibali withdraws from Vuelta a San Juan; Government of South Australia guarantees equal prize money at TDU; Dimension Data boss: No room for Teklehaimanot, but he’ll have new team soon; RCS Sport announces wildcards for Giro d’Italia plus other WorldTour events; Israel Cycling Academy celebrating Giro wildcard invitation; Bardiani-CSF secures second chance at Giro; Video: Katusha-Alpecin works on dialing in Marcel Kittel’s leadout train; Video: Molly Weaver on surviving catastrophic 2017 training incident; Video: Fan-made 2018 WorldTour season trailer.

Bardiani-CSF secures second chance at Giro

by Shane Stokes

Nicola Ruffoni (pictured) and Stefano Pirazzi tested positive prior to last year’s Giro d’Italia.

Thrust into controversy last year when Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni tested positive on the eve of the Giro d’Italia, something which later earned the team a 30-day suspension from competition, the Bardiani-CSF team has been given a second chance for Giro organisers RCS Sport.

“We’re really happy for the trust that RCS Sport has granted to us,” said team manager Bruno Reverberi. “Thanks to the RCS Sport management for this. It’s an important recognition of the project we’re backing with Bardiani Valvole, CSF Inox, and all team sponsors, as well as a recognition of sports group solidity and reliability.”

While the team was allowed to ride the 2017 Giro despite those positives, race director Mauro Vegni said at the time that he considered the possibility of preventing the team from starting. However he said that if the B-samples proved positive, the team could in theory have sued the race.

It was consequently able to complete the Giro, with the UCI later imposing a 30-day suspension starting on June 14. Riding the 2018 race will mean that it has done every edition since the team’s foundation in 2013.

“We are proud that our GreenTeam, the only 100% Italian team, will have the chance to race on the roads of the most beautiful events of the nation,” said a relieved Reverberi.

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